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The view from the top of business, presenting a clearer view of the business world, through discussion with people running companies.

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The Kidnapping Business

6/21/2018
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Is kidnapping really that lucrative, and why are some countries, such as Mexico, plagued by the crime? Ed Butler speaks to one kidnap victim from Mexico City, as well as Ioane Grillo, a journalist based there who has spent years studying the phenomenon. Kidnapping consultant Carlos Seoane explains what to do if you receive that dreaded phone call announcing that a loved one has been taken hostage. And Anja Shortland of Kings College London talks us through the logic behind kidnap insurance....

Duration:00:17:28

Turkey: Rising Prices, Hard Choices

6/20/2018
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The Turkish lira slides on currency markets as the country prepares for a snap election - but are voters even thinking about the tough economic policies that may be needed? Ed Butler reports from Istanbul, where the mood is pensive, and businessmen fret over rising costs and the prospect of harder times once the government's pre-election spending splurge is over. But will President Erdogan win the day and extend his 16-year rule further? And whoever wins, will they do what's needed to...

Duration:00:17:31

What Can We Do About Fake Reviews?

6/19/2018
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If you have ever bought something in an online shop or been to a restaurant, chances are you’ve read a review for it, apparently written by a customer. And chances are you’ve also spotted more than a few suspicions ones, which stand out for their unqualified and lavish praise while being unusually free of personal details, or perhaps because they appear as a diatribe of awfulness designed to put you off forever. Who wrote those? In fact, there's a whole industry surrounding fake reviews -...

Duration:00:17:59

Imagining an Open North Korea

6/18/2018
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Would you invest in North Korea? US President Donald Trump raised the idea at his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un. His vision of a private condo on a North Korean beach is probably a long way away, but there are plenty of other countries lacking investment. Paul Domjan, global head of research at Exotix, an investment firm and research agency, explains what a frontier market is. Byung-Yeon Kim, professor of economics at Seoul National University, tells us how North Korea’s...

Duration:00:18:01

Shades of Privilege

6/15/2018
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The daily drama of money and work from the BBC.

Duration:00:17:28

Dirty Money in Zimbabwe

6/14/2018
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People queue all night to get filthy notes in a country which is running out of cash. Lesley Curwen visits Harare, the country's capital and talks to those who have to spend all night outside the bank and who then often don't manage to get any cash. And also when they do it's so dirty that it's not accepted outside the country. Plus Monica de Bolle of the Petersen Institute research group in Washington tells Manuela Saragosa about the economic similarities between Venezuela and Zimbabwe....

Duration:00:17:48

Mongolian Yoghurt and the World Cup

6/14/2018
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The usual western sponsors in this years World Cup have largely been replaced by Asian brands. Why? FIFA makes most of its money from selling the broadcast rights to the World Cup, and through corporate sponsorship. But this year fans won't be seeing as many of the usual brands they're used to on billboards and adverts. Instead, they'll be seeing a lot of...well, Mongolian yoghurt as Simon Chadwick Professor of Sports Enterprise at Salford University in Manchester tells Manuela Saragosa. She...

Duration:00:17:48

Unconscious Bias

6/12/2018
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The hidden forces affecting how we treat others, and how businesses are tackling them.

Duration:00:17:31

Economics vs Politics

6/11/2018
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The fractious meeting at the G7 summit in Canada, where US President Donald Trump lashed out over trade, has highlighted the increasing strain in the relationship between economics and politics. A new populist politics in the US and Europe has led to policies that have perplexed many mainstream economists, but should the economists being doing more to win over voters and politicians? Alan Blinder, professor of economics at Princeton University and former adviser to President Clinton,...

Duration:00:17:33

Tackling Trump in Trade Talks

6/8/2018
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As G7 countries gather for trade talks in Quebec, could they gain some tips on how to fight back against the US steel tariffs from one of President Trump's favourite "sports" - WWE pro-wrestling? Manuela Saragosa gets the views of Financial Times columnist and editor Rana Foroohar, and of William Alan Reinsch of the Washington DC think tank the Centre for Strategic and International Studies. Plus Adrienne Murray gathers the rather mixed feelings of Trump voters about the US President's trade...

Duration:00:18:20

Zimbabwe's Mineral Wealth

6/7/2018
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Zimbabwe is "open for business", claims its new President Emmerson Mnangagwa, but can it finally put its natural resources to good use? The BBC's Ivana Davidovic reports on the country's diamond sector, which has been a source of popular resentment and corruption, while Vivienne Nunis speaks to the Australian company hoping to develop one of the world's biggest lithium deposits in the country. Back in London, presenter Manuela Saragosa speaks to economist Judith Tyson of the Overseas...

Duration:00:17:26

Do We Really Decide for Ourselves?

6/6/2018
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Why do we behave the way we do in a group setting? Is it because of gender, because of taught behaviour or because of obligation? Ginny Smith, a science writer and memory expert, shows us how to make a “mind palace” to remember lists, and explains how the power of suggestion can affect how we remember things. What caused the last financial crisis? Some commentators suggest some of the blame can be placed on a male, testosterone-fuelled environment, but author Cordelia Fine says that ignores...

Duration:00:18:40

Hidden Disabilities

6/5/2018
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There are over a billion people with some sort of disability in the world. How are we changing the built environment to accommodate this? As well as wheelchair users, people with conditions from autism to asthma – hidden disabilities – have needs as well. Presenter Vishala Sri-Pathma speaks to Sara Marchant at Gatwick Airport in London, which has come up with a novel system to help people with a hidden disability to identify themselves if they need assistance from staff. Victor Pineda, a...

Duration:00:17:28

When the Bitcoin Miners Come to Town

6/4/2018
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The real-world impact of the cryptocurrency business. Edwin Lane reports from Iceland, which has attracted power-hungry Bitcoin mines looking for a cheap source of electricity. Arni Jensen from the Borealis Data Centre shows him around a cryptocurrency mine near Reykjavik, and Johann Sigurbergsson from the geothermal energy company HK Orka describes the massive growth in the demand for electricity the miners have created. And the mayor of Plattsburgh, New York, Colin Read explains why his...

Duration:00:17:28

Who is Elon Musk?

6/1/2018
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He’s had a few outbursts in recent weeks. Calling stock analysts boring. Criticising his critics over the performance of his cars. Is he a genius, behaving like a playground bully, or both? Tim Urban, a US blogger who has interviewed Mr Musk, says his lack of a PR team means his opinions come unfiltered, but his innovations make him a genius. We also hear from Melissa Schilling, a professor at the Stern school of management and the author of Quirky: The Remarkable Story of the Traits,...

Duration:00:19:26

Being watched at work

5/31/2018
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More and more we are being watched by technology, including in the workplace. An aid to hard work, or prelude to oppression? Wiretap co-founder Jeff Schumann creates software that monitors employee activity on workplace messaging apps. He says his technology is good, and can protect employees from backstabbing co-workers. But to many, this technology has sinister potential. Professor Andre Spicer at Cass Business School in London says it’s a reminder for employees of who’s boss. Ben Waber,...

Duration:00:18:00

Rebranding Africa

5/30/2018
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Africa is developing economically, but its own companies don’t have the same profile as western brands. How come? Ann Kaikai of Madam Wokie Fashion, tells presenter Ed Butler about her dress designs in Freetown Sierra Leone. Her label made an impact on Hollywood red carpets, as well as in her home city. The Brand Leadership Group conducts survey each year of the continents' favourite 100 brands. This year's list came out last week, revealing once again that more than 80% of the names are...

Duration:00:18:01

Ecstasy on Prescription

5/29/2018
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MDMA, the key ingredient in the illegal party drug ecstasy, may soon be approved as a medicine. Meanwhile, it's also making a comeback across Europe's clubs and music festivals. Manuela Saragosa speaks to two neuropharmacologist David Nutt of Imperial College, who once got fired by the UK government for saying MDMA was less dangerous than horse-riding, and with psychedelic psycho-therapist Rick Doblin, who is seeking to get the chemical approved for the treatment of PTSD. But while the drug...

Duration:00:19:09

Racist AI

5/28/2018
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Can artificial intelligence and face recognition technology be racist? AI is increasingly being used in all aspects of our lives but there is a problem with it. It often can't see people because of the colour of their skin. Zoe Kleinman speaks to Joy Buolamwini founder of the Algorithmic Justice League, Suresh Venkatasubramanian from the School of Computing at the University of Utah and Calum Chase, an AI expert and author about what is being done to overcome this problem. (Photo: Facial...

Duration:00:18:51

Europe's Data D-Day

5/25/2018
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The EU's new data rules, coming into force today, could spell the end of spam mail - that at least is the hope of the General Data Protection Regulation. Manuela Saragosa speaks to Rachel Aldighieri, managing director of the Direct Marketing Association, which represents companies in the UK that send adverts directly to customers, while the BBC's John Lloyd takes a more satirical look at the issue of junk mail and why he wishes it came with free scone. Plus Jeremy Daum of the Yale Law School...

Duration:00:17:28